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Tim Locastro hits for cycle, Yaisel Sierra pitches 6 scoreless innings for Rancho Cucamonga

Tim Locastro had the first cycle for the Quakes since Alex Verdugo last year.
Tim Locastro had the first cycle for the Quakes since Alex Verdugo last year.
Photo: Craig Minami | True Blue LA

It was a busy day for the Dodgers in the minors on Tuesday, with a cycle, a major leaguer on rehab assignment, two strong pitching performances, and more rain in the Midwest League.

Player of the day

Quakes middle infielder Tim Locastro hit for the cycle on Tuesday night, continuing his hot start to the season. The 23-year-old started at shortstop, and doubled in the first, hit a solo home run in the third inning, singled in the seventh, then tripled in the eighth inning. He scored four times and drove in two.

The cycle extended Locastro's hitting streak to 13 games, during which he is hitting .418 (23-for-55), and on the season is hitting .357/.403/.536 with 13 extra-base hits, 26 runs scored and 25 RBI in 29 games.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Zach Lee allowed one run on four hits, pitching into the seventh inning to lead OKC to a 3-1 road win over the Round Rock Express (Rangers). Lee struck out four and walked two in his PCL-best fifth win of the season, giving him 27 strikeouts and five walks in 33 innings this season.

Austin Barnes walked twice, stole a base and scored a run in the win.

Veteran reliever Joe Thatcher relieved Lee in the seventh inning and retired both batters he faced. The 34-year-old left-hander has eight scoreless appearances in Triple-A, with nine strikeouts and one walk and 6⅔ innings. Opposing left-handed batters are 0-for-9 with four strikeouts, but he has also limited right-handers to 3-for-13 (.231) with five strikeouts and a walk.

Thatcher isn't alone in the zero-ERA club in OKC. He is also joined by right-hander Matt West, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Tuesday's win. West on the season has 13⅓ scoreless innings in nine appearances this season, with 14 strikeouts, one walk and seven hits allowed.

Double-A Tulsa

Andrew Toles stayed hot with his new team, but the Drillers fell to the Springfield Cardinals 4-2 on Tuesday. The 24-year-old outfielder was 3-for-5 with a run scored on Tuesday, and since getting promoted to Tulsa is 12-for-30 (.400) with three doubles and two home runs in six games.

Cody Bellinger was 0-for-4 on Tuesday, is 0 for his last 13, and is 4-for-37 in 11 games since getting activated from the disabled list, though he does have seven walks in 44 plate appearances to go with his 12 strikeouts.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

Locastro paced the offense, leading the Quakes to their third straight win, 12-1 over the Lancaster JetHawks. It was the 11th victory in the last 14 games for Rancho Cucamonga, scorers of 37 runs in their last three games.

Yaisel Sierra had his best outing as a pro, allowing two hits in six scoreless innings for his first win. He struck out three, walked three and hit a batter.

Yusniel Diaz was 2-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored and two RBI, and Alex Guerrero was 1-for-5 with a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base in the first game of his minor league rehab assignment. Guerrero played nine innings at third base.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons tried to play two games on Tuesday but could only get one in, a 2-1 loss in seven innings to the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres). Dennis Santana pitched into the sixth and allowed both runs (one earned) while striking out six, but suffered the loss. Logan Landon was 2-for-3 with a double and drove in the only run for Great Lakes.

The Midwest League is a low-scoring league (3.95 runs per game), but the Loons are scoring just 3.07 runs per game this season. Amazingly, that isn't dead last in the league, with Dayton below them at 2.72 runs per game. Great Lakes is hitting .193/.273/.287 as a team through 28 games. Even using batting average, the box score paints an ugly tale:

There is still some young talent there, though the two 18-year-old middle infielders aren't hitting yet. Omar Estevez (.205/.242./.261) has 32 strikeouts against only three walks in 95 plate appearances, while Brendon Davis (.147/.190/.213) has 29 strikeouts and three walks in 79 PA.

The second game of the doubleheader was postponed by rain, the sixth day this season the Loons have had a game called because of weather. The two teams will try again to play a doubleheader on Wednesday morning, with an early 8:05 a.m. start time for the first of a pair of seven-inning games.

Transactions

Triple-A: Newly-acquired Casey Fien, who was optioned by the Dodgers on Monday, joined Oklahoma City on Tuesday, with pitcher Logan Bawcom sent to Tulsa. ... Double-A: Left-handed pitcher Dustin Richardson was released. ... Class-A: Alex Guerrero was added on a rehab assignment.

Tuesday scores

Oklahoma City 3, Round Rock 1

Springfield 4, Tulsa 2

Rancho Cucamonga 12, Lancaster 1

Fort Wayne 2, Great Lakes 1

Wednesday schedule

8:05 a.m. PT - Doubleheader: Great Lakes (Victor Gonzalez, TBD) at Fort Wayne (Jean Cosme, Austin Smith)

9:35 a.m. - Oklahoma City (Jeremy Kehrt) at Round Rock (Jose Monegro)

2:05 p.m. - Springfield (Jordan Kipper) at Tulsa (Brock Stewart)

7:05 p.m. - Lancaster (Joshua James) at Rancho Cucamonga (Tommy Bergjans)